March 14, 2014
A conceived idea can become an innovation to consider how to solve one problem with another. The tools to solving problems can coexist within another process or product. The ideal or optimum solution is to be able to identify and enable an outcome that addresses a higher need. The idea to produce a way to “Heat your home with computer servers and other innovations from Europe’s burgeoning clean tech sector” is the combining of the existing to produce an novel outcome.
The story is told that “Early last year, Mathijs de Meijer had an idea, one that started as a joke and turned into a company. After a construction mishap knocked out the heating system in the home of his friend Boaz Leupe on a cold day, de Meijer stopped by to visit, a laptop under his arm. “He said, ‘Hey, why don’t we go to Dell.com, buy 100 laptops and then we’ll have some nerd heat,’ ” Leupe recalls. “We had a bit of a laugh about that and then we realised it wasn’t a bad idea. Now, Nerdalize, based in Delft, the Netherlands, is ramping up its plan to replace home radiators with disguised computer servers and sell data processing time to remote users while the excess heat warms the house for free. The company is valued at between 2 million and 3 million euros ($3.07 million and $4.61 million).”
“Along the way, de Meijer, Leupe and the company’s third co-founder, Florian Schneider, have gotten a helping hand from YES!Delft, a small-business incubator that, like others in Europe, offers advice, office space and connections to help environmentally focused tech start-ups get off the ground,” reports DRW.
The infrastructure must nurture ideas and aid in the management of the risk that confounds the idea generator. The idea generator must be able to go from concept-test-to-formalized. This ability is aided and buttressed by capital and investors that support innovation.
“The incubators, many backed by government funding, are seeking both economic and environmental returns. At the same time, they hope to keep Europe competitive in the global sector known as clean tech, an area that includes everything from electric cars and “smart grid” power transmission systems to high-capacity batteries and technologies to harvest energy from new sources like waves and tides. Would-be entrepreneurs “come in with a nice technology”, says Frans Nauta, deputy director of entrepreneurship at Climate-KIC, a European Commission-funded effort that supports environment-focused tech start-ups through incubators at universities. “To get them in 18 months to the point where they know their stuff so well that an investor can be comfortable to invest a million, that’s my work.”
Incubators that enable thinking, innovation and ill conceived concepts to product formation can change the infrastructure and efficiencies. Incubators that are government and privately based collaborations established to produce economic and sociocultural advancements within their communities for sustainable outcomes and development change society.